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What is the procedure for the "bedekenish" ceremony?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The groom is escorted to the bridal reception room, in the same manner as he is escorted to the Chupah, and he covers his bride’s face with a veil. The veil should be thick enough that the bride’s face should be completely obscured. It also should not contain any silver or gold threads because the bride and groom do not wear any jewelry to the chupah.


After the groom veils the bride, the fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom approach the bride and bless her
After the groom veils the bride, the fathers and grandfathers of the bride and groom approach the bride and bless her. The father and the grandfather of the bride place their hands on her head while delivering this blessing. The groom’s entourage then retreats from the room; the bride and groom begin their chupah preparations and everyone else proceeds to the site of the chupah.


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